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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,346
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 329
Gots: 461 | FT: 39
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.
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4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is onyx with virtually no light penetrating the beer. The head developed about one finger thick and was a tan brown color. Head retention is short as it quickly fades back into the beer. Trace amounts of lacing occurred. The aroma from this brew is absolutely mouth-watering for anyone who likes coffee (or chocolate or beer for that matter). The immediate and dominant smell is of potent coffee but the beautiful thing is that despite the potency a myriad of other aromas still break through. It took me near 20 sniffs to identify what individual notes I could but I believe I smell dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, licorice, and a light hoppiness. Tasting the beer reveals an immensely complicated grouping of flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, and dark malts are at the forefront. These three stick out and dominate the first touch of the beer to the tongue. It is very well-balanced. The initial tastes yield to more subdued notes of dark fruits, nuts, and oats. The finish is a touch acidic and the coffee aftertaste lingers long after the swallow. The quality of the world-class coffee used is evident. This beer has the most impressive mouthfeel I have yet experienced. It is very smooth and almost creamy. It can only be described as thick as it feels as if your mouth is both filled and coated with beer simultaneously. The carbonation is very fine. The mouthfeel compliments the tasting but allows the tasting to shine - as it should. The alcohol content of 10.9% is amazingly well hidden; however, I could feel its presence after having had to consume this beauty in a fairly short time. This isn’t a session beer but goes down easy enough. This is the best beer I have tried to date. I feel privileged to have been able to even have a bottle. I am afraid this is a must-buy whenever I see it. The journey of flavors this beer took me on left me sitting on my couch with my empty glass in hand feeling content, relaxed, and sporting a goofy smile. If that isn’t a summary of what a brewer should be aiming for, I don’t know what is.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Current rating reflects the Nogne (Not Lervig) version.

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware in the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were as high as could be as this is my favourite brewery in the world.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head of wonderful marvellous cream and thickness, but poor retention (attributable no doubt to the high ABV). Colour is a solid black. Very appealing to a stout lover like meself.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, mocha, espresso, but no roasts (sadly). A mild strength delightful aroma.

T: Amazing. All the notes from the nose and more. Incredible cream undertones, lovely caramel, wonderful chocolate - the best chocolate treatment I've ever experienced - and some biscuity slight honeycomb notes from the midpoint. Absurdly complex, extremely well built, and nicely balanced. The layering is phenomenal.

Mf: Smooth but coarse where it needs to be to coax out the flavours. Not refreshing, but masterfully complementary of the flavours in the body. Certainly the texture is tailored to the beer.

Dr: High ABV but obscenely drinkable. Near perfect quality for the style. The price is pretty fair by Copenhagen prices (40 DKK per 20cl). Incredible all around.


07/19/2013: Picked up Lervig's version and wanted to type some truncated notes if they'll fit. Acquired for $8.99 in SoCal. Love the label art on this one; better than Nogne's. 10.90% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Expectations high.

Standard pour into a stem-tulip. Served cold and allowed to warm.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous rich tan colour head. Excellent creaminess, excellent thickness, excellent retention (~10+ minutes). Good lacing.

Body is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks damn impressive for the style.

Sm: Rich coffee is incredibly evocative. Roasted barley. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. The coffee is unique; excellent execution. Cream. Aroma is masterfully subtle and complex.

T: Aggressive assertive coffee with accompanying roast and slight bitterness. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Roasted barley. Oats. Divine honeycomb. Bitterness is definitely more pronounced than in more accomodating American examples of the style. I definitely prefer the Nogne version, but this is quite well done. Oats. Extremely well balanced and built. Good complexity; not as much subtlety as the Nogne version.

No hop or yeast character. Very little alcohol, if any.

Mf: Smooth and wet; oats are perfectly utilized here. Rich. Near perfect carbonation and thickness. Excellent full body. Superb presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Not too syrupy, thick, or viscous.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the ABV. I'd definitely have another, and will have no trouble killing this bottle alone. I like the Nogne version better, but this is masterfully executed stuff any way you slice it. Definitely amongst the best beers ever brewed.

Low A

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of jegross2
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer Review: Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
Reviewing the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller.
Score: 93

Appearance: Jet black colored body, totally opaque. Pours a half finger of creamy mocha-colored head that settles into a thick, creamy ring around the glass with a cappuccino foam-like top. If you swirl (as pictured), it leaves a nice coating of mocha head. Brilliant, sticky, thick lacing. Absolutely gorgeous looking stout. 5/5

Smell: Intense blend of coffee and chocolate upfront, mixed with a little bright citrus. A little smoky and some booziness. Roasted leather. Has a little funk to it that isn't bad, but a little pungent. I can't put my finger on what that aroma is. Maybe it's the poop from the poop weasel coffee? Definitely detecting some hoppiness too. 4/5

Taste: Roasted, smooth black coffee. Absolutely void of the acrid/acidic bitterness I usually associate with coffee. Easily the smoothest coffee flavor I have ever had. Some bitter dark chocolate. Very creamy and silky. Some soy milk and a little bit of nut. Mellow figs and raisins on the mid-palate. Bittersweet on the mid-palate and finish. Very smooth, bitter, raw coffee bean and raw cocoa bean finish that is quite uniquely and really lingers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Incredibly silky, creamy and smooth. Full-medium bodied with the perfect (light) level of carbonation. Finish is savory and bitter. 5/5

Overall: An absolute must-try stout that does not overwhelm the palate and coats it with flavor. The coffee flavors of this beer are sui generis and divine. At $16+ dollars for a little over a pint's pour, this beer is pricey, but certainly worth buying.

Recommendation: I can universally recommend this beer to all -- even those who, like myself, are not fans of coffee.

Pairings: Steak or brownies.

Cost: $16.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After hearing about this beer time and time again, I finally broke and bought a bottle, even though the story behind the coffee used grossed me out.

A: Motor Oil. Pours really thick. Copper brown head 1 finger thick. Really good lacing.

S: Smoky, coffee. Booze.

T: Toms of smoky espresso. Dried fruitiness. Light vanilla characteristic add an odd character to the finish.

M: On the thick side with mild carbonation.

O: Good, but really over hyped.

Photo of jkelly482
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jackie7787
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mcb4538
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of trojankeg
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of TasteTester
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Jay864SC
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mindspin315
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black colored body with a creamy rich looking brown head. Head went away shortly after being poured. The beer looks great sitting in the glass and swirling it around brings back a nice cap of head.

Big roasted notes that smell like burnt wood/campfire smoke. Not a rauchbier smoke aroma though. Black coffee, leather, tobacco, espresso, and dark chocolate.

Bitter dark chocolate starts out with the roasted malts and a bit of cocoa powder kicking in fairly quick as well. The palate is left with a BIG amount of dry roasted coffee and espresso bean flavor. The star of the show here. The coffee flavor is incredible. Smooth, creamy, not to heavy, and very drinkable. Carbonation keeps everything moving along. A touch of hops are coming through also right at the middle of each sip.

A great example of what coffee can do in a beer. Tastes like a fresh pot of black coffee and a shot of espresso were poured into this stout. If you're looking for a beer to drink in the morning or one to wake up to knowing that you're going to drink it sometime during the day, this is it!


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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a 1/8” medium brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass and some thin islands and swirls of foam. Sipping leaves bot a ring edge and lots of tiny speckles of lacing. The ring slides back to the liquid while the speckles of lacing cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt that has a very faint burnt character.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose, with lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate that mingles with a bit of sweetness from the malt and the alcohol. Except for a touch of sweetness the alcohol is well hidden here and there is no heat or burn, just a gradually spreading warmth.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with very faint carbonation. The long finish begins in the coffee and dark chocolate, slides through a brief bit of sweetness and then lingers on with dark roast bitterness in the back of the mouth and throat.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is an interesting beer to sample and it is reasonably drinkable. I do find the dark roast bitterness at the end of the finish to be just slightly off putting, but not so much so that I find it unpleasant to drink. My overall impression is that this is a pretty well made stout which I’m happy to have tried but I’ll look for something with just a bit less burnt character in the finish. Also it should be noted that this one is fairly temperature sensitve in that as the beer warms the burnt bitterness becomes much harder to detect.

Photo of matthewpaul
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of gonuts31
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of deapokid
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Capone's on 12/6 (great tap list, as usual). Reviewed from notes. Served in a 6 oz. snifter.

Jet black! Just a puddle of brown fuzz on top with absolutely no carbonation in sight. Imposing, yet elegant in its stillness.

Faint aromas of nut and cocoa with a hint of dryness. Initially, it seems quite subtle, but the scent becomes more noticeable as it warms, emitting strong whiffs of coffee bean.

Profoundly delicious. Hints of vanilla, nutty, roasted coffee bean, chocolate bar and soy milk. The flavors are so big that they slap you in the face... yet, it's not a rich beer, allowing some dryness to peak out in the conclusion. The flavors come in waves; boldly but not forcefully, making for one of the best stouts ever brewed.

For a beer of such gravity, it's rather drinkable and the wave of warm chocolate makes the coffee bean bite seem relaxed. It's a dessert beer that doesn't make you feel guilty or go into sugar shock. How cool is that?

The three times I've had this beer have been an absolute pleasure. How can dessert be so drinkable? How can weasel shit be so delicious? I may never know the answers.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ixodus
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark as night with a thick one finger chocolate colored head that gently falls into a slight haze on the surface and a small foam ring around the glass. Leaves spotted lacing as it's sipped down.

S: Sharp alcohol esters, bitter dark chocolate and roasted dark malts. A slight smell of espresso is also noticeable.

T: At first sip I get a nice bitter, but not too bitter taste of rich dark coffee the intertwines with dark chocolate and small hints of dark fruit. Mid palate the chocolate really dominates the taste and slowly fades into a lingering coffee after taste. The finish really sticks with you for a long time.

M: Thick and viscous with soft carbonation.

O: I've heard great things about this beer so I purchased a few bottles. After getting home I read the bottle and realized it was brewed with Civet droppings.. This definitely made me a little skeptical. Well, apparently I'm partial to cat shit.. but only the finest! I definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of robboyd
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heatwave33
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and hops.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, hops and a slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and low carbonation.

Overall: Great drinkability! The nice smooth creaminess makes you want to keep drinking. Cheers!

Photo of bkny27
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,346 ratings.